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03-01-2009 01:39 PM

I was hoping some of the members could offer some suggestions for a project. I was asked to make 12 tissue box covers for a Country Club. They don’t like the look of just the boxes so they asked me to make some wooden covers to sit over them. Basically the plan is to make some boxes out of 1/4” of 3/8” inch solid mahogany which would have four sides and a top (no bottom, so they just sit over the tissue boxes on the counter) their will be a slot cut in the top which will be attached to the four sides. I was planing on either dovetailing or box jointing the four sides of the box. I was thinking about making the tops slightly larger to allow for a small overhang just for looks.

What I am not sure of his how to attach to the top to the sides. Do I use small cleats to the inside and screw the top down, just glue it, some type of mechanical fastener, ect. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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#1 posted 03-01-2009 04:27 PM

Don’t overcomplicate it. Glue will work just fine.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-01-2009 04:48 PM

I googled tissue box plans and found a dozen different ways to do this.

Here is one:

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#3 posted 03-01-2009 05:07 PM

I agree with Charlie glue it. Folks will not be trying to pry the top off the slip-on box. I would put a small rabbet on the top to keep the box square.

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#4 posted 03-01-2009 06:24 PM

Yep, I have to agree…that’s one of those, “The simpler, the better,” type of projects.

However, a dado around the top of the tops, about 1/8” from the edge, with a floating panel and box joints would make for a nice cover.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 03-01-2009 10:46 PM

I agree that just gluikng it up will work but you mention dovetails…. If you are using a good jig, it sounds like you are making enough of them to do a production run on the jig and dress them up. You are using nice wood for through dovetails that will show a nice contrast on the end grain… Just a thought.

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#6 posted 03-06-2009 10:56 PM

I agree with charlie, glue it!

-- Nicholas, Cabinet/Furniture Maker, Blue Hill, Maine

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#7 posted 03-07-2009 03:02 AM

Glue will do fine. You can take a look at how I did this one. I made a rabbet around the outside of the top on the bottom side and just glued it to the box. This one is for a tall box. You could do the same for the flat ones.
- JJ

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